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Why do some winter car accidents happen?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Winters in Illinois could be harsh, and heavy snow makes driving treacherous. Some may choose to avoid driving in poor conditions, but others don’t have that option. Instead, they must rely on their driving experience and adherence to safe practices to avoid crashes. Some ways to prevent winter accidents might not be too challenging to employ.

Safer driving in the winter

Since snow and ice could cover roads, the dangers of slipping and sliding increase. Putting winter tires on a car might help address seasonal road conditions. These tires might prove to be a valuable investment, and they are typically not hard to find.

Of course, speeding is dangerous under any circumstances, and the dangers may increase on frozen, icy roads. A car could find it difficult to stop when the brakes can’t overcome ice-covered streets. Even driving at the posted speed limit is risky under certain conditions. A car might slide and crash into a tree even when traveling at a slow speed. Drivers who don’t make adjustments for inclement weather could be liable for collisions.

Caring for the vehicle

Many dealerships offer winter specials for seasonal maintenance. Making sure a car is in good condition could do more than extend its lifespan. A well-maintained might be at less of a risk for motor vehicle accidents.

Braking on icy roads isn’t easy, and a vehicle may slide even when the brakes work properly. When the brakes fall into a state of neglect, they may fail completely. Brake lines might suffer terrible corrosion from road salt, too.

Distracted driving also contributes to wintertime accidents. Looking at stalled cars on the roads, for example, might lead to a rear-end collision.